Beaver Softball advances to day two of NSIC Softball Tournament with day one split

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Win: Pederson (19-4) 5.021103
Loss: Yost (21-7) 6.082013
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Win: Yost (22-7) 7.021109
Loss: O'Connor (12-11) 6.074216
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Beaver Softball advances to day two of NSIC Softball Tournament with day one split
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Beaver Softball advances to day two of NSIC Softball Tournament with day one split

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Bemidji State University softball team advanced to day two of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Softball Tournament by splitting the opening day, Thursday. The Beavers (25-18, 14-12 NSIC) began the day by falling to three-seed Augustana University (S.D.) 2-1 but bounced back with a 4-1 victory over (8) Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Beavers advance to play (7) University of Sioux Falls tomorrow (May 5) to remain alive in the tournament at 10 a.m., at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bemidji State 1, Augustana 2

The Beavers went up early on the Vikings when sophomore Brooke Phillips hit a solo home run in the second at-bat of the day for the early. Augie responded however, with two unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

Jessica Yost followed the early runs by blanking the Vikings through the remaining five innings. However, Augustana’s Lexy Pederson was also excellent in the circle and held the Beavers to just two hits over five innings. Augie’s Olivia Wolters came in to pitch two innings and held BSU to one hit and no runs to earn her third save of the season.

BSU just couldn’t get the bats going and tallied three hits led by Phillips’ solo home run in the first inning. Yost and Alexandra Ripka each tallied singles in the game for the Beavers’ final two hits.

Yost went all six innings in the game, allowing two runs (0 earned) off of eight hits while striking out three.

Southwest Minnesota State 1, Bemidji State 4

Yost began the win or go home game by retiring the first 11 batters of game two and allowed just three base runners to help the Beavers remain alive in the tournament

The Beavers had their first scoring chance of the game in the bottom of the fourth and with runners on the corners but failed to score the runner on third.

SMSU broke up the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning after a well-placed sacrifice bunt scored a run for the 1-0 lead.  The Beavers responded and when Olivia Tucker and Jessica Burlingame each reached base off of Mustang errors, Phillips hit a two RBI double to put the Beavers ahead 2-1 after five innings.

The Beavers extended their lead an inning later to 4-1 after RBI’s from Tucker and senior Angie Roberts.

Yost would pitch all seven innings in the game allowed just two hits, one earned run and struck out nine to improve to 22-7 this season.

The Beavers and Cougars will both face-off tomorrow to continue playing in the post-season tournament after USF defeated Northern State University but fell to Winona State University. BSU fell to the Cougars in both games of its doubleheader at Sioux Falls earlier this season.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).